Unfortunately, stress affects our body, our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Therefore, it is very important to keep an eye on it and to know how to recognize its most common symptoms.
In fact, poor stress management can contribute to many health problems, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. In these cases, the most important thing to do is to take action and discover new strategies for managing stress and reaping health benefits.
So if you want to prevent stress from negatively affecting your life, we recommend that you engage in regular physical activity, practice relaxation techniques, always ensure a good rest, have a sense of humor and socialize. On the other hand, if you are not sure if the cause of your discomfort is stress but the symptoms persist, you will need to consult your doctor and seek other possible causes with him.
How Does Stress Affect Our Body?
One of the ways that stress affects our body is through the muscles: in fact, these stiffen to protect us from injury when we are stressed. The muscles will only begin to relax once we have calmed down.
Conversely, if you are constantly under stress, your muscles may not be able to relax. As a result, this can cause muscle aches throughout the body, such as discomfort in the shoulders, back or head.
2. How stress affects the body: the immune system
Second, stress stimulates the immune system, which can be a boon in some situations. On the one hand, this stimulation can help you avoid infections and heal wounds.
However, stress hormones will weaken your immune system in the long run and reduce the body’s response to viral diseases such as the flu and the common cold, as well as other infections. Additionally, you should be aware that stress may also increase the time to recover from illness or injury.
– Robert Hutchison–
3. Digestive system
On the other hand, when we are under stress, extra sugar is produced in the blood to give the body a boost of energy. Especially when we are under chronic stress, the body may not be able to keep up with this additional glucose overload. Therefore, it is believed that stress can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The rush of hormones, rapid breathing and increased heart rate can also upset the digestive system. Additionally, you are much more likely to suffer from heartburn or acid reflux due to increased stomach acid. Stress does not cause ulcers, but it can increase the risk of having one. It can also affect the way food moves through the body, causing diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
4. Respiratory and cardiovascular system
Finally, you should know that stress hormones affect both the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, as during the stress response you breathe faster and with more effort. So if you already have breathing problems like asthma, stress can make it even more difficult for you to breathe.
The heart pumps faster when we are under stress. In fact, stress hormones cause blood vessels to narrow and divert more oxygen to the muscles. So you will need more strength to fight back, as a result your blood pressure will rise.
Stress becomes even more dangerous when alcohol, tobacco, or drugs are used to try to relieve symptoms. Unfortunately, instead of driving the body into a state of relaxation, these substances have the opposite effect and only cause further problems.
If you feel chest pain, especially if it occurs during exercise or is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, or dizziness, see your doctor right away, as these may be symptoms associated with more serious stress problems.